Miguel Chavez and Philip Kim Honored as 2015 ystark! Young Professionals


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Walsh University’s Director of Campus Ministry Miguel Chavez and Assistant Professor of Business Philip Kim, D. Sc., were honored on June 9 as members of this year’s class of yStark! Twenty under 40! professional leaders. 

Walsh University is the only organization celebrating two inductees in this year's class and is proud to have had four staff members recognized since the program's launch in 2008. Walsh University ystark! Twenty under 40! honorees include Vice President of Advancement Eric Belden in 2009 and Director of Strategic Initiatives Derrick Wyman in 2008.

Organized by the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Canton Repository, ystark’s Twenty under 40! recognizes 20 young engaged professionals across various sectors of the business, civic, government, arts, education and non-profit communities. Nominees are selected based on career acumen, community service and trusteeship, and personal and professional achievements. The selection committee is comprised of diverse business and community leaders representing a range of industry sectors from around Stark County.

Miguel was appointed Director of Campus Ministry in 2004 where he provides service to holistically enrich the lives of students, staff and faculty. A resident of Stark County, he has been very active in area church ministry and educational programs. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Theology and Pastoral Ministry and his MBA in 2013 all from Walsh University. Miguel also serves as an adjunct professor in Theology and works closely with Walsh students on a daily basis, getting to know them on a personal level. He uses his acquired knowledge to guide them in areas where they can excel. Twice he has been honored by the Walsh University's 2009 and 2013 senior classes with the Terrance Portis Mentor of the Year Award.

"Stark County is a wonderful place to live, and as a young adult, I feel that this area offers so much for personal and professional development and growth. It is an honor to be included in such a class of remarkable people. I feel very humbled," said Chavez. "I am grateful in this recognition for the people who inspire me every day. Our area produces many young adult leaders and, with God's grace, these people can and will change the world."

Walsh’s DeVille School of Business Assistant Professor of Business Dr. Philip Kim is an educator, speaker, consultant, and author. As the son of first-generation Korean immigrants, Phil learned the value of hard work and the importance of education at an early age. Dr. Kim’s own success has inspired him to help others achieve their dreams. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge that no matter the odds, determination and focus will allow you to meet your goals.

"I’m grateful to be a part of the exciting growth happening here at Walsh University and within Stark County," said Dr. Kim. "We are transplants from Pennsylvania, but in the past five years, I’ve learned and grown so much in my appreciation for the area and the wonderful people of this region!"

Dr. Kim’s first book, Big Business Problems: Small Business Solutions (2012) was used as a text for his MBA technology course. He is the author of Chase One Rabbit: 10 Habits that Move You from Failure to Success (2014), which is dedicated to helping individuals create better lives for themselves.  His latest book Zebras & Ostriches: 5 Simple Rules to Engage and Retain Your Best People (2015) is an employee engagement guide for leaders.